Dog With Addisons Suffering From Middle of the Night Distress
by Susan CF
(Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Reader Question on Night Distress in Dog
Our 7 year old standard poodle with Addison's disease (diagnosed at 3 years old) has woken us up twice in the last month with panting, front legs outstretched scratching, unable to get up and lying in urine. He is on Percorten-V every 25 days, with supplemental prednisone (1.5mg - 7mg) per day. Normally he drinks a lot of water (more with the higher doses of prednisone) with a normal appetite. Took him into an all-night emergency clinic during first episode - they found nothing and blood work (chem panel with electrolytes) was normal. Speaking with my regular vet later in the day, she was unsure what might be happening.
Each time within a couple hours he seems back to normal after some pacing and restlessness.